by Ken Campbell - March 25, 2013 12:00 AM EDT
The Tampa Bay Lightning fired their coach Sunday, which leads to questions about the effectiveness of their GM.
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is learning it’s far more difficult to run the hockey operations of an NHL team than it is to put together an Olympic roster of superstars from the strongest hockey nation in the world or apprentice with the Detroit Red Wings.
by Ken Campbell - March 22, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
Though he has played all his minor hockey in Detroit, Sean Day has every intention of playing under the Canadian flag.
Sean Day has never lived in Canada and, depending upon where his hockey future takes him, may never do so. But when it comes to his hockey life, he’s red and white without the blue.
by Ken Campbell - March 21, 2013 10:11 AM EDT
A team with this much talent and depth at the prospect level can't be this bad, can it? And why Kadri's improvement has widespread impact.
On a night when the Tampa Bay Lightning essentially withdrew from the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, one statistic stood out like no other.
by Ken Campbell - March 20, 2013 7:44 PM EDT
The GMs are willing to address some rule changes, but it all comes down to how the new committee will act.
The NHL’s competition committee is basically a clean slate at the moment. Which gives it a perfect opportunity to decide what it wants to be – a legitimate guardian of what is best for the game or a territorial, partisan group interested more in pursuing an agenda than doing what’s best for the sport.
by Ken Campbell - March 18, 2013 4:27 PM EDT
New Jersey and Buffalo burned a year towards UFA off the career timelines of Stefan Matteau and Mikhail Grigorenko, leaving many asking why.
At least the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres can say they got long looks at their prized prospects this season. But it seems pretty much everything else about the experiments with Stefan Matteau and Mikhail Grigorenko was a disaster.
by Ken Campbell - March 14, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Corey Perry was handed a four-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota's Jason Zucker, but will that decision come back to haunt the Wild?
It’s not often this corner agrees with a decision made by the NHL’s department of player safety, but there was a lot to like about the four-game suspension to Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.
by Ken Campbell - March 11, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
Realignment finally brings guaranteed home-and-homes; three sub par Canucks tied up; Eric Staal deserves more credit; and more in Ken's Monday thoughts.
Random thoughts for a Monday, thoughts that may one day grow up to be full-blown columns: • The best thing about the NHL’s realignment proposal that will be rubber stamped by the owners this week has nothing to do with realignment at all.
by Ken Campbell - March 6, 2013 11:50 PM EST
The NHL needs to address fighting and the problems that come with it, before it's too late.
I really wanted to write tonight about the plucky Ottawa Senators and how remarkable they’ve been for staying in the playoff race despite missing their three best players.
by Ken Campbell - March 4, 2013 11:24 PM EST
Toronto took the time to bring Kadri along slowly and now the youngster is playing with plenty of confidence.
Nazem Kadri is not lacking for a sense of self, that’s for sure. Must have something to do with having all that talent. And if the young man is looking for even more reason to have an enhanced ego, here is another one.
by Ken Campbell - March 4, 2013 2:05 PM EST
The inconsistency of suspensions and an unwillingness to curb dangerous play is why hockey has fighting.
The second Brad Richards’ head slammed into the boards Sunday night, you could hear the clucking of tongues in the hockey world. A reckless play by a reckless player.
by Ken Campbell - March 1, 2013 2:40 PM EST
Would Calgary have lost O'Reilly on waivers as well as the picks? We might never know. What we do know, however, is this contract dispute was one for the ages.
With the Colorado Avalanche matching the Calgary Flames offer sheet to restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly, so ends one of the most bizarre contract disputes in the history of the NHL.
by Ken Campbell - February 27, 2013 12:35 PM EST
The re-energized Habs are making last season's swoon look like an anomaly.
With very few exceptions, the Montreal Canadiens can seem to do no wrong this season. Really, they managed to trade Erik Cole Wednesday night for a guy with an expiring contract.
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